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Lon Megargee: Legendary Prints of the Southwest

Lon Megargee: Legendary Prints of the Southwest explores the work of famed Arizona artist Lon Megargee (1883-1960). Megargee’s work as a young man on a number of ranches around Arizona gave him firsthand experiences with subjects that he later immortalized in art. Perhaps best known for his murals at the Arizona State Capitol, Megargee also created paintings and prints of ranch life and cowboys, señoritas and vaqueros, broncos and longhorns, Pueblo and Plains Indians, coyotes and cactus.

Arizona Republic art critic Richard Nilsen called Megargee’s prints “punchy, idiomatic and beautifully drawn,” and noted how remarkable it is that “a painter, known for his color, could also think so clearly in black and white.” Arizona historian Marshall Trimble called Megargee “Arizona’s first cowboy artist, who deserves to be placed alongside the great western artists.” In addition to prints, the exhibition includes major oil paintings and ephemera. Lon Megargee: Legendary Prints of the Southwest, from the collection of Abe Hays, will run through December 5. A catalogue, booklet and prints of two of the paintings are available in the bookstore.

Self-Portrait
 Self-Portrait

 

Woodblock Prints: Western Life

 

Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
 

Ranch Days
Ranch Days

Busted
Busted

The Bronc
The Bronc

The Sheepherder
The Sheepherder

Polo
Polo

 

Native Americans


The War Bonnet

The Drum
The Drum

The Snake Priest (Hopi)
The Snake Priest (Hopi)

Apaches
Apaches

 

Mexico

Cuernavaca
Cuernavaca

Charros
Charros

Burros
 Burros
 

Lithograph Prints

Tex
Tex

Hard to Ride
Hard to Ride

Rearing Horses
Rearing Horses

Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid

The Gamblers
The Gamblers

Coyotes
Coyotes

Longhorns
Longhorns

 

Paintings

Navajo Horseman
Navajo Horseman

Arizona Cowboys
Arizona Cowboys

Saturday Night in Cave Creek
Saturday Night in Cave Creek

Men Fighting Over Woman
Men Fighting Over Woman

 

The Cowboys Dream     Book
 
Catalog and booklet available at Museum Store!

 

 

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